Monday 30 June 2014

Sasha Festival 2014 - Friday: Workshops, Clinics and Baby Night

Friday was a fun filled day with workshops, table top clinics, gift exchange and of course the Friday night dinner which was 'Baby Night'.

The day started with a scrumptious breakfast with a choice of freshly made omelet, cereals, fruit, yoghurt, pastries, bagels, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and potatoes.  Plenty to choose from!  The vegetable omelet I had was especially good!

In the morning we had fun workshops where we made a Sasha size scrap book and a necklace.  I am fairly sure that everyone who took part enjoyed this very much.

Busy ladies at my table cutting out...

Sheila taking a photo of me taking a photo of her!  You know it just had to be done!

Everyone really got involved in the making of their scrapbooks.

There were lots of stickers, cut outs and photos to choose from.

As you can see from the photos everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and were thoroughly absorbed in their tasks.

This is what I made...I could have done more, but was busy taking photographs!

After lunch we had table top clinics.  This was something new this year and very successful and enjoyed by all I believe.  There was a choice of eight 'clinics' of which you chose four to attend on rotation.

The first one I attended was led by Susanna Lewis on 'Eye Painting Styles on Serie Sasha Dolls.  It was extremely interesting and we got to look at different styles of face painting with the add of magnifying glasses.

Pat, Cleo, Susanna, Dawn.

The second I attended was led by Cindy Patrick and was on Sasha Wigs.  This was an extremely useful presentation, especially as I have a certain young 'man' who will eventually need re-wigging....

Sheila had a clinic on Hair Re-rooting, and this too was very informative and interesting...who knows maybe I will even attempt this one day?

Heidi did a clinic on Care and Cleaning of Sasha Dolls

Marti presented a very interesting clinic on Upcycling - Sewing with Vintage Linens.

Another fun clinic was the 'Finding Sasha Accessories' by Cheryl.

Tom Beach presented a clinic on Sasha Photography Tips and Caroline led a clinic on knitting.

Later in the day we had the Gift Exchange.

Everyone gathered round eagerly in order to exchange gifts.  No yankee swap this year which I think many were pleased about...the gift you received was the gift you got (unless you chose to swap with someone later)  

This was the gift I received...I am not sure who it is from, but thank you if you are reading this - it looks lovely on my redhead (pictures later)

A popular place for sitting round and chatting was in the lovely bright foyer/lounge area which was also the venue for 'happy hour (or rather two hours!) each evening which was well attended!

Henry entertaining with his pterodactyl, kindly given to him by Carol S.

Pat, Ann and her daughter Dorothy.

Peggy Sue, getting to spend some time with some babies....this isn't so bad she thought....they were all very attentive and enjoyed her company.

The Friday evening dinner theme was 'Baby Night'.  The centre piece of each table held a baby themed item to be auctioned.

Our table had two hostess, Ginger and Laura who shared the task.

Ginger donated the outfit to be auctioned off.

Laura made up the hostess gift box.

Walking around some of the other tables before dinner got under way.

The outfits to be auctioned off were on the hat boxes on the centre of each table.

I think this was both outfits.

Norvell's table.

Cute fun outfit!

Hey you are wearing gingham....

Do you think anyone will notice I am not a Sasha?  
Of course not!  You are wearing Blue Gingham Peggy Sue.

It seems Peggy Sue managed to make her way down to the dinner and got a chance to chat before she undertook her babysitting duties!

Our Festival gift for the Friday night was a beautiful upcycled vintage linen baby dress.  This is the one I received, worn by Baby Amelia.

Later though...Peggy Sue is finding her baby sitting duties a 'wee bit stressful'

There are babies everywhere!

There was even a naked baby underneath this pile of babies climbing and playing with each other.

There were babies climbing, pulling, fighting, playing and even driving a car dangerously close to the edge...

Clambering for attention...

The following morning...

Oh you really don't want to go down there...Peggy Sue tells Helen...
It was a nightmare!

Be careful what you wish for Peggy Sue.


  1. Thank you Lorraine! These are wonderful photos and already remind me of how much fun we had :) I just loved baby night and thought it very special to include the babies and I also was so happy to see Peggy Sue! :) xx

    1. You are welcome Ginger. We certainly had a really special and wonderful time didn't we? Happy days indeed.

  2. Lovely interesting post. Thanks. Always great to see the slight variations on a theme at each festival. Liked the idea of the table clinics althougth I'd have had some difficulty choosing as there were so many that I'd liked to have attended.

    I thought that the Friday Sasha baby evening was a good idea as the babies aren't often in the main limelight, usually taking a back-seat to the more popular Sashas and Gregors......(though now wondering if it might have been more suitable for them to have their special time on a luncheon/afternoon as it looks as if towards the end of the evening some of them were getting over-tired and rather irritable for Peggy-Sue to baby mind.
    Can I ask if the centre piece baby outfits were auctioned off for the whole room to bid or just for those on that particular table?

    1. Yes it was difficult to choose which clinic to attend, but it was a good idea to have more than the four as it meant that if there were too many at one table you could always choose another.

      Ah yes the babies did become a wee bit over excited I think! Poor Peggy Sue, she did her best.

      Anyone could bid on the centre piece table auctions.., It was a 'silent' auction and the highest bids were drawn at the end of the auction.

  3. Love the pics Lorraine and so nice to see so many familiar faces xx

  4. Lorraine, Thank you for posting all these wonderful pictures. Thank you also to Peggy Sue for watching all those babies.

  5. Oh, how lovely to attend the festival 3 years in a row! Lucky Henry and you. So funny that Peggy Sue got her wish and then found out that babysitting is rather hard work. Thank you for sharing.


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